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The Economics of Open Access

On the Future of Academic Publishing

Thomas Eger and Marc Scheufen

Addressing the recent debate on how the future of academic publishing might look in a purely digital environment, this book analyzes the experiences of researchers with, as well as attitudes towards, ‘Open Access’ (OA) publishing. Drawing on a unique, in-depth survey with more than 10,000 respondents from 25 countries, Thomas Eger and Marc Scheufen discuss their findings in the light of recent policy attempts which have been trying to foster OA, revealing considerable shortcomings and lack of knowledge on fundamental features of the academic publishing market.
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Thomas Eger and Marc Scheufen

AGORAAccess to Global Online Research in Agriculture
AgriAgriculture and Forestry
ANRAgence Nationale de la Recherche
APCArticle-Processing Charges
ARDIAccess to Research for Development and Innovation
BioBiology and Life Science
BusBusiness and Economics
CAClosed Access
CCCreative Commons
CC-BYCreative Commons Attribution License
CC-NCCreative Commons Non-Commercial License
CC-NDCreative Commons No Derivatives License
CC-SACreative Commons Share Alike
CERNConseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire
CNRSCentre National de la Recherche Scientifique
COARConfederation of Open Access Repositories
DOAJDirectory of Open Access Journals
DOARDirectory of Open Access Repositories
EarthEarth and Environmental Science
EUEuropean Union
EUREuro (€)
FASTRFair Access to Science and Technology Act
FiveIFFive year Impact Factor
FP7Seventh Framework Program
FRPAAFederal Research Public Access Act
GBPGreat Britain Pound
GPLGeneral Public License
HALHyper Articles en Ligne
HealthHealth Science
HEFCEHigher Education Funding Council for England
HINARIHealth Internetwork Access to Research Initiative
HistHistory and Archaeology
IF(Two year) Impact Factor
IVInstrumental Variables
JCRJournal Citation Report
LaPoLaw and Political Science
LangLanguage and Linguistics
LISULibrary and Information Science Unit
MathMathematics and Statistics
MedOANetMediterranean Open Access Network
MDPIMultidisciplinary Publishing Institute
NIHNational Institutes of Health
OAOpen Access
ORDOpen Research Data
OAREOnline Access to Research in the Environment
OLSOrdinary Least Squares
PhysPhysics and Astronomy
PLOSPublic Library of Science
PMCPubMed Central
RePEcResearch Papers in Economics
ROARRegistry of Open Access Repositories
ROARMAPRegistry of Open Access Repositories Mandates and Policies
ScieELOScientific Electronic Library Online
SCIScience Citation Index
SCOAPSponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics
SMTScience Mathematics Technology
SocialSocial Science
SSCISocial Science Citation Index
SSRNSocial Science Research Network
TechTechnology and Engineering
UKUnited Kingdom
UNESCOUnited Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
USUnited States
WHOWorld Health Organisation
WoSWeb of Science